The Melissa Lea Reicks Foundation was created in memory of Dale and Laura’s daughter who died as a result of a car accident on August 11, 2003. She was 21 and entering her senior year at Iowa State University.
The Foundation aims to serve the local communities across Northeast Iowa sponsoring schools, youth activities, churches, hospitals, town celebrations, and benefits. In 2019, the Foundation hosted the Flag Day Fundraised to raise for the Family Alliance for Veterans of America. $75,000 dollars was raised through the event to help local veterans and their families in need.
As they look forward to the future, they hope to continue to be able to contribute to local organizations and help make a positive impact on the community. 2020 was an interesting year for all with difficult times brought to many. Even with the challenges, the Melissa Lea Reicks Foundation was delighted to be able to continue to give back to organizations across Iowa. In 2020, the Melissa Lea Reicks Foundation donated to the following causes:
Alta Vista Firefighters Association
American Legion #266 Calmar
American Legion #135 Cresco
American Legion #15 West Union
American Legion #189 Waucoma
American Legion #244 Riceville
American Legion #279 Lawler
American Legion #312 Hawkeye
American Legion #38 New Hampton
American Legion #597 Elma
American Legion #605 Protivin
American Legion #722 Harpers Ferry
American Legion #467 Spillville
AmVets #901 Fredericksburg
Big Blue Wrestling
Big Four Fair – 100th Anniversary
Carnegie Cultural Center
Chester Fire Department
Chickasaw County Athletic Booster Club
Chickasaw County Food Bank
Chickasaw County Pork Producers
Chickasaw County Rescue Squad
Chickasaw County Firefighters Association
Chickasaw County Veterans
Chickasaw County 4-H Fund
Chickasaw County Extension
Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association – Annual April Benefit Ride
Community Memorial Hospital
Cresco Area Clay Crushers
Cresco Fire Department
Cresco Youth Wrestling Club
Crohns and Colitis Foundation
Czech Days 2020
Czech Heritage Partnership
Decorah Food Pantry
Driftrunners Snowmobile Club
Elma Bridge
Families Feeding Families Scholarship
Fayette County Ag Society
Fayette County Fair
F.I.T. Running Club
Food for Hope
Fredericksburg Fire Department
Good Shepherd Catholic Cluster Food Pantry
Greater Area Food Pantry
Gundersen Decorah Clinic
Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital and Clinics
Harpers Ferry Fundraiser Auction
Hawkeye Beard Butchers
Hawkeye Community College
Heritage Company
His Hands Food Pantry
Holiday Santa of Chester
Holy Family Parish
Holy Family Parish – Fall Festival
Howard County Community Hospice & Home Health
Iowa State University – Leading Communities
Kickin’ it Forward
Lawler Lions Club
Little Light of Mine
McIntire Pullers Inc
MercyOne New Hampton Medical Center
Mid-Summer Golf Outing
New Hampton Elementary School – Spring Carnival
New Hampton High School Wrestling
New Hampton Parks & Recreation – Breakfast with Santa
New Hampton Rescue Squad
New Hampton Rotary
New Horizons Chamber
Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation
Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation – Allamakee County
Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation – Bremer County
Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation – Howard County
Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation – Winneshiek County
Northeast Iowa Food Bank
Northeast Iowa Humane Society
Notre Dame Catholic School – Tee Time for Technology Golf Tournament
Parker Poor Benefit
Prairie Lakes Church
Protivin Fire Department
Regional Health Services of Howard County
Riceville Food Pantry
Ridgeway Rural Fire Department
Ronald McDonald House
Sons of American Legion – 5th Annual Stars and Stripes
St. Bernards Catholic Church
St. Bridget Catholic Church
St. Joseph Catholic School
St. Jude Children Research Hospital
St. Lucas Fire Department
St. Wenceslaus Winter Gala
Suhr Dairy and Friends Annual Farm Tour Days
The Mary Campbell Center
Trinity Catholic School
Turkey Valley Athletic Booster
Turkey Valley Dollars for Scholars
Turkey Valley Education Foundation Gala
Turkey River Music Festival
Veterans Memorial Hospital
VFW #4096 Alta Vista
Waucoma Fire Department
Westgate Fire Department
Winneshiek Medical Center